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Old 06-26-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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electric vs. propane

Hi,
I am new to the fiberglass community and also wanting to join the exciting world of camping. My wife an I have a small beach house and our vacations seem to always become work. Anyway, I have been reading about all the differant fg campers in the 17' range with wet bath, we both really like the lil snoozy and are planning a trip to the manufacturer. My question is and i'm sure this has been asked before but i couldn't find it when searching.
Is just having electric okay?
Thanks in advance and i have really enjoyed reading all of the post from around the camping world here.
Mark from Greensboro NC
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Old 06-26-2017, 02:45 PM   #2
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If you use the Google Site Search box at the bottom of the search menu and type in "Snoozy" you can read dozens of contrary opinions, including a thread from only yesterday.
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Old 06-26-2017, 03:00 PM   #3
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Well only you can answer that question.

If your meaning 120 volts AC then you will be limited to developed campsites which are more expensive and less available. Depending on the way you want to camp You may have to add a generator to provide 120 volts.

If the system also has 12 volts DC then you have a converter in your 120 volt AC system to convert the AC power to 12 volt DC and you can run limited on your battery's while not connected to 120 volt ac. 12 volts DC wont last long without recharging. Most refrigerators wont run very long without killing your battery's and forget about any air conditioner. So if your leaning towards electric operation only your stuck with campgrounds with available power or running a generator if you have air conditioning.

There are rules and limitations with generators in most places.

There is also the solar option to charge your batteries but this is limited too so in most cases no air conditioner. This also becomes a problem if you want heat in your trailer for off season camping as power consumption becomes a problem when your not plugged into a land line.

Where I camp mostly there is no 120 volt ac. I wouldn't be without propane as heat and the fridge working is important to me. I use solar to keep my battery charged for lights and a fan if necessary.

I do use 120 volt at home where my trailer is parked it is very convenient there and it keeps my battery fully charged ready to go on a quick whim.

for me propane is very important, solar is important and 120 volt ac isnt important at all since I have no air conditioner.
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Old 06-26-2017, 03:44 PM   #4
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...as long as you only camp where there is 120vac available, there is no real problem...personally, I almost always camp where there is such BUT, still I prefer propane for coking/heating...be aware, most campgrounds have restrictions on generator usage, with quiet times between 10pm to 8am...or even more restrictive.....

The lil snoozy's are very nice units but are wider than most fg campers and as such have their own set of problems dealing with the 8'width (nothing seriously insurmountable).....
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We boondock for days, sometimes a week at a time. It's our favorite way of camping with the RV. So, we consider propane for running the fridge and for cooking to be indispensable. We also have solar for the same reason. Yes, you can boondock for an extended period with an all electric trailer, but not without solar or a generator.

Determine how you want to use the trailer. Where are you going to camp? If it's just for weekend jaunts or at campgrounds with hookups, an all electric won't be a problem.
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As was pointed out above if you go without propane then you're limited to campground I.E. RV Resorts, that have power. With propane you can camp anywhere and have heat, cook surface and refrigeration.

Our camping style is that we are never plugged in. I think that last time I had power was over Christmas 2 years ago. Our camping trips are anywhere from 3 months+ to a week. Propane is a must for us.
Without propane refrigeration would be a problem.
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As was pointed out above if you go without propane then you're limited to campground I.E. RV Resorts, that have power. With propane you can camp anywhere and have heat, cook surface and refrigeration.

Our camping style is that we are never plugged in. I think that last time I had power was over Christmas 2 years ago. Our camping trips are anywhere from 3 months+ to a week. Propane is a must for us.
Without propane refrigeration would be a problem.
Exactly! Friends of ours tried our style of camping once and had to run a diesel generator to power their fridge. To keep the food cold they probably spent about $50 for the weekend and annoyed even themselves with the noise. Our Scamp 16 at the time out camped and outclassed a $300k+ motor coach in a national forest campground. Our beer was just as cold, and a lot quieter too.

I would absolutely never get a camper of any type without simple propane. To each his own but to me, it ain't camping.
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:39 PM   #8
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Thanks to all for all the very detailed explanation of why propane is a much needed benefit while camping....that is the feeling that i am having and exactly why I asked the question....not sure why lil snoozy does not offer propane for the very reasons that you guys have mentioned, for that reason alone, i am leaning toward Casita, my wife really likes the lil snoozy so I have to explain the electric/propane deal. I had on our list of campers,
Casita, Lil snoozy, Parkliner.
Any other campers that i should put on the list? Qe will probably start with long weekends at the NC mountains and coast and after a year or so venture out to the 7-10 day trips. The keys, toward Maine and out west.
Again, thanks for all the information from people that have already experienced things that i haven't been thru yet.
Mark from Greensboro.
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Well, I'd look at Escape, but I own one.
You get the advantage of the exchange rate and a well made trailer that you can order as you like it, from owners that care.
http://escapetrailer.com/
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That is a really sharp camper....how hard is the process of buying and picking one up?
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We've owned a Casita and now own an Escape. Compare the floorplans. We wanted a large permanent bed and a roomy dinette. Without at least a small dinette, you have no place to sit (think bad weather) other than taking up the bed. The only Casita with a permanent dinette has a small dinette and a small bed.

Each manufacturer makes decisions on their designs. Depending on your style of camping, those decisions can eliminate them from your choices. Realize all of the manufacturers have ample order backlogs, so no one is hurting for sure!

I highly recommend going to a molded F/G rally and touring several brands and models. That is what introduced us to Escape.
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It's possible to use your fridge as an icebox if/when it won't run on propane. (We did it last summer in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, when we were at an altitude that was presumably incompatible with our propane regulator, so the fridge would not light.) It means being camped within easy distance of a source of ice, but it only slightly cramped our style.
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That is a really sharp camper....how hard is the process of buying and picking one up?


Escape sells their trailers to US customers all the time. They really know how to do all the necessary paperwork for getting your new trailer across the border. You can pick up your trailer at their plant in Chilliwack, BC if you want to. For an extra fee, they will delivery your trailer to you. So I guess I'd say the process is not that difficult.

Going to a rally is an excellent idea. Egg owners love to show off their rigs and most rallies will have several different brands for you to look at. Also, quite a few of the manufacturers have referral programs. For example, if you call Escape Industries and tell them you'd like to see a trailer, they will give you the name of an Escape owner near you and you can arrange to go see their trailer.

Good luck in making your decision and happy camping!
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:10 PM   #14
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I just spent time on the escape website and will be calling them tomorrow....i thought i had seen that in October a rally is in Cherokee NC and i also the outer banks. I definitely want to get to a rally, any recommendations for 2017?
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